Results & Comments: Stage 8 Giro’16
Gianluca Brambilla Wins Stage 8 Solo in Arezzo, Taking Leadership in GC
Arezzo, 14 May 2016 – The Italian rider Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step) won Stage 8 of the 99th Giro d’Italia, Foligno – Arezzo, of 186km. Matteo Montaguti (AG2R La Mondiale) and Moreno Moser (Cannondale Pro Cycling Team) finished second and third.
Victory brought Brambilla the race lead and the Maglia Rosa by 23″ over Russia’s Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha).
1 – Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step) – 186km in 4h14’05”, average speed 43.922km/h
2 – Matteo Montaguti (AG2R La Mondiale) a 1’06”
3 – Moreno Moser (Cannondale Pro Cycling Team) a 1’27”
Maglia Rosa (pink), General Classification, sponsored by Enel – Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step)
Maglia Rossa (red), Sprint Classification, sponsored by Algida – André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), Mountains Classification, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)
Maglia Bianca (white), Young Rider Classification, sponsored by Eurospin – Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step)
1 – Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step)
2 – Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) at 23″
3 – Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) at 33″
Seconds after the stage finish, stage winner and new Maglia Rosa Gianluca Brambilla said: “This is amazing! My idea at the beginning of the Giro was to focus on today’s stage and I’ve made it but I cannot beieve that I’ve done it. I have to thank Matteo Trentin because he did an excellent job. I was the rider who initiated the breakaway but he did most of the work until I rode away in the steep part of the climb. I’m delighted. Everything is going well for me this year. The birth of my daughter Asia twenty days ago has also changed my life. It’s beautiful”.
Stage 9 – CHIANTI CLASSICO STAGE (ITT) – Radda in Chianti – Greve in Chianti – 40.5km
This Individual Time Trial is very wavy and winding: undulating and slightly uphill all the way to Castellina in Chianti (split time 1), undulating and mainly downhill up to Madonna di Pietracupa (split time 2). Here, the roadway narrows for about 4km. Next on the route are two climbs; the second one is steeper and leads to Panzano in Chianti (split time 3). Here begins the final descent leading into the finish.
The final kilometres run downhill all the way up to 2km from the finish line, along wide and mainly straight roads, just bending slightly at points. 300m from the finish there is a final bend, nearly a U-shaped curved, leading into the old town centre and to the finish. The home straight is 180m long, on a 6m wide, flat asphalt road.
PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA – PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO